BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 10, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris is presiding over another session of the Budget Estimates Committee Meetings at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room in preparation for the 2020 Budget for St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Budget Estimates Committee Meetings commenced earlier today (Thursday, October 10) and was attended by the Cabinet of Ministers and Government officials, including senior representatives from the Ministry of Finance and Permanent Secretaries from the public sector.
This year’s exercise is likely to last a maximum of three days, during which time senior officers from the various Ministries will present their expenditure and revenue projections, update Cabinet on policy initiatives, and provide overviews of their plans and initiatives for the future.
In a brief introductory statement during the opening session of the committee meetings, Prime Minister Harris outlined the parameters governing the budgetary exercise, noting that, “The Estimates meeting is a meeting of the Cabinet called specifically to deal with matters of the Budget, and we are assisted in this regard by the presence of the technical team from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Development.”
The prime minister also commended the civil servants for their diligent work and warmly welcomed and introduced new Permanent Secretaries in the persons of Mrs. Elreter Simpson-Browne of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Mr. Tom Buchanan from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
At today’s session, Cabinet heard presentations from various Ministries, including Education, Youth, Sports and Culture; International Trade, Industry and Commerce; Tourism; Justice, Legal Affairs and Communications, as well as from the Office of the Governor-General.
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